Monday, 18 August 2014

Low Fodmap Diet Part Two

Day 1 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 1
Lunch: Tuna salad {loved it!}
Dinner: Shepherds Pie with lettuce and carrot {Ryan made it, need his recipe!}
Supper: Oats with almond milk and golden syrup {nice sweet treat}

Day 2 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 2
Breakfast: Overnight oats and peppermint tea {overnight oats aren't for me!}
Lunch: Leftovers from last nights tea with water and side salad 
Snack: Iced peppermint tea with two vimto ice lollies
Dinner: Home-made chips with cod {batter removed} <3
Supper: Leftover overnight oats with added almond milk

Day 3 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 3
Breakfast: {on the go} Grapes and a bottle of water
Lunch: Mashed baked potatoe with tuna and lemon and herb nandos sauce with side salad.
Dinner: Lemon chicken with rice and spinach and red peppers {too much lemon was a bit sour}
Snack: Two wheat & gluten free biscuits

Day 4 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 4
Brunch: Scrambled eggs with pepper and red pepper and grapes and two free from chocolate digestives {not a big egg fan so no love here}
Snack: Dairy free orange chocolate bar
Dinner: His & Hers - Hers Stuffed peppers {rice, red pepper, cheese and sausage} with home-made chips and spinach {<3'd this recipe!}
& His Sausages, home-made chips, baked beans and cheese

Day 5 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 5
Breakfast: Oats with almond milk and a dollop of golden syrup
Lunch: Scrambled egg with rice with spinach and red pepper {super bland and awful}
Snack: grapes and vimto ice lolly
Dinner: Baked potatoe with tuna and pepper and side salad

Day 6 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 6
Breakfast: Grapes and peppermint tea
Snack: Stawberry and white chocolate cereal bar {naughty, naughty}
Lunch: Baked potatoe with tuna, red pepper and carrot
Dinner: Loaded baked potato & chicken casserole with carrot and spinach {amazing meal!}
Snack: Dairy free chocolate buttons
{Food haul: spinach, wheat & gluten free pasta, baked potatos, bacon, dairy free chocolate buttons, green pepper, double cream and tuna}

Day 7 Low Fodmap Diet
Day 7
Breakfast: Grapes and peppermint tea starting to miss cheerios though!
Lunch: Baked potato with tuna, pepper and carrot
Snack: Dairy free chocolate buttons
Dinner: Home-made chips with chicken dippers {batter removed}
Snack: 2 custard creams
Super: grapes and a peppermint tea

My side salad generally consisted of lettuce or spinach, red pepper, carrot and nando's lemon and herb sauce which I'm super addicted too! Most of my inspiration came from pinterest and the Delicious as it looks food blog.

For more inspiration check out my pinterest food board, or my instragram. I really enjoyed doing the low fodmap diet and am continuing to eat as much low fodmap food as I can because it totally works for me!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Low Fodmap Diet Part One


So it's been quite a while since I last talked about my week long experiment doing the low fodmap diet. I explained why I was doing it and what the rules were here.
I'm going to do another post showing all the foods and meals I ate and what I thought about them but this post is just going to be how I found it and what my results have been since.

When I made my decision to do the low fodmap diet it was quick as a snap. I didn't think it through, I'd reached the end of my tether and I had to so something and that something had to happen now. That very day. So I spent all afternoon doing research on what I could eat, what meals I could make out of those things and what ingredients we had in our cupboards.

Because I spent a couple of hours doing my research and thinking what I could cook and how I could make these meals work not just for myself but my other half who was going to continue eating normally. 
I felt really positive about how it was going to go and to be honest the first three days were brilliant, with the meals I picked and using the foods we had in. I was still unwell until day two whether that was because my stomach was adjusting or because I'd just had a bad 'episode' I don't know, but I received a really nice, supportive comment on instagram and it helped keeping me going.

The fourth day was hard because I hadn't figured out what to eat for breakfast and the fifth day even more so because I cooked eggs and rice for lunch and it was just awful. I'm not a big egg fan to start with so it was just a bad idea and then I was so hungry and felt a bit annoyed at myself.

By day six I was feeling a lot better about the low fodmap diet and had a better idea about what to eat but I did technically cheat. I ate a cereal bar because I had to go out and buy some lunch food but got distracted {think I was reading} and left it quite late and was really hungry before I left and the only thing we had in was a cereal bar so I ate it. Didn't make me ill though!

Day seven came so quickly that at the end of the challenge the only food I'd missed eating was cheerios because I'd really missed having something substantial for breakfast but otherwise that was it and I enjoyed the whole process.

Beef Salad

So my results at the end of day seven were pretty surprising and significant. I'd enjoyed the challenge. Since day two I hadn't been ill or felt unwell at all. My stomach was a lot less bloated and no longer felt uncomfortable. I'd managed to curb those snack cravings. I also lost 6lbs! That's nearly half a stone. Without doing any real exercise at all. Although I could have lost some of the weight with being ill before starting the challenge but I can't say for certain.

My thoughts on doing seven days on the low fodmap diet are that planning is key. Super essential actually. Which is fine for me because I usually plan meals in advance for dinner so I had no problems with this. That not only did I enjoy the challenge but I liked the results. I could fit into shorts that I wore last year but couldn't fit into earlier in the month. My stomach no longer hurt, which was the main reason for doing the diet and that pinterest is your best friend for finding recipes. Oh and that I'm going to keep doing the low fodmap diet as part of my core eating and slowly add in different foods and if they work for me.

Friday, 15 August 2014

The Little Things

Sleepy Oscar (1)

1. Little Oscar-bear has been so adorable this week. Between playing peek-a-boo in his hay box earlier, he's also been super affectionate every evening running straight up onto our small sofa and perching himself on the top every night waiting for some strokes.

2. Tempted by a Rogue Prince by Felicity Heaton. Not really something I think anyone would really be interested in reading here as it's paranormal romance. But Ms Heaton wrote an epically great tortured and mad hero and I just loved the story completely and now want to read more tortured hero stories.

3. Revamping my CV because I haven't lost hope that I will get a job. Soon!

4. Ryan's home-made chocolate flapjack. We wanted something sweet to eat but I'm still trying to stick to my low fod-map diet which rules out a lot of foods so Ryan offered to make his flapjack {which I love} and add some cooking chocolate to the top of it and it's been a perfect treat every night this week.

5. Wearing my autumnal dress. Which isn't super autumnal but it's navy and is covered in cute robins but robins make me think of the colder months, and the dress also has pockets. I'm a sucker for a dress with pockets.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

In The Kitchen // Healthy home-made chips

healthy home made chips

This was one of my favourite recipes while I did the low fodmap diet near the end of July. I found this recipe in the August/September Slimming World magazine. Super simple, cheap and {if you have a decent oven, unlike us} quick to cook. 

homemade chips ingredients

Low calorie oil spray
Cooking time: 40 minutes

home-made chips pan

1. Preheat oven to 180C or gas mark 6
2. Peel and cut up your potatoes into whatever sizes and shapes you want. I tried to make slim cut ones as they cooked quicker.
3. Put your 'chips' into a pan of hot water with a pinch of salt and pepper and boil for 5-10 minutes. No longer than 10 minutes though!

homemade chips

4. Drain off your 'chips' and pop them onto a baking tray and spray your 'chips' with a low calorie spray 3-5 times add another pinch or two {or as much as you prefer} of salt and pepper toss them on the baking tray to make sure they're all coated with the mixture and pop them in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
5. Check to see how the 'chips' are looking, if there still quite white spray them with the low calorie oil and toss them on the tray again and place back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes.
6. Add your chips to the rest of your meal, unless you like them a bit more well done and crispy in which case cook for another 10 minutes.

homemade chips oven cooked

I really liked cooking these, they took about as long to cook as store bought oven chips but instead of going out and buying more chips I just used up what was left of our potatoes. I served my healthy home-made chips with lime chicken and some salad.

homemade chips finished

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Perfect Summer Dress



Dress:Debenhams // Belt:H&M // Cardigan:Topshop

Ryan bought this dress for me for his graduation and I've worn it a lot since. It has become one of my favourite dresses this year. It's so light weight and flow-y {floaty} which has been awesome in this weather.
I love the simplicity of this dress and I love pairing it with this bright red cardigan which I've had since my Uni days, and it's still going strong.
I'm still experimenting with outfit photos, can you tell? But it's vast improvement since I featured this dress last year in a very different kind of what I wore post.